The air plants are named so because they do not need soil to grow. They need air to survive but other factors too have to be taken care of. Also, they grow on other plants without harming them and so they are epiphytic. They emerge from the crooks and branches of the trees. Their natural habitat is in the forests, mountains and generally found in deserts of Southern and Central America.
- Position Plants Correctly
The air plants can even be kept in an office or a basement as they don’t require much light. But a full spectrum of light i.e. fluorescent light is a must. If one keeps the air plants in the basement, a supply of a minimum 24 hours of light must be provided to them.
- It must not be watered a lot. Do not soak or mist the plant completely. Evaluate your space. How much light is your plant receiving? What is the temperature in your home at this particular time of year? Is the space very dry (is your plant near a heater or fireplace?) Or is it very humid?
- After soaking gently shake excess water from your plant. Turn it upside down and place it on a towel in a bright space. This is very important! Air plants will quickly rot if they are allowed to stand in excess water. Once a week, mist your plant thoroughly so that the entire surface of the plant is moistened (but not so much that there is water dripping down into the plant).
- Do all watering in the morning. Evening soaking or misting disrupts the plant’s ability to respire overnight and extends drying time. Air plants are pretty easygoing when it comes to their temperature. They do best between 50-90 degrees F. ideally, overnight temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler than daytime temperature.
- Use the Correct Vessel to Water
These baby air plants, which start out very small, will eventually grow into their own mother plants. Pups can safely be separated from the mother plant when they’re about ⅓-½ its size your air plant in a glass will create a micro-climate:
- Glass vessels will be more humid and hotter than the surrounding area. When misting your air plant, try to mist around the plant, rather than into the plant. You don’t want to over-water it, but rather to create a humid environment. Air plants in small glass vessels, you probably won’t be able to soak your mounted air plant.
- However, since they’re not contained to a humid, micro-climate like aeriums, mounted air plants will need even more frequent misting. Rinsing the plants requires you to remove them from their mount and place them in a sieve to be rinsed thoroughly. All parts need to well soaked, including foliage and roots. Soaking is the more thorough method but, again, requires removing the plant from its display. Soak the plant 1 or 2 times per week for 5 hours.
- Air Misting
Air plant misting is not the most effective method of watering the plants but it is the most convenient because it allows you to provide moisture in the plant’s setting.
- Otherwise, you will have to remove the wire that holds the plant on its display and rinse or soak to really get moisture into the roots.
These plants need a bright but indirect supply of light. They can be grown inside and kept near windows facing in south or east. The plant can bear more heat only if the humidity is high. Else it can cause damage.